Why has Cybersecurity Become Such an Issue?

Issue 48

As a result of Turkey’s economic growth, its deepening integration into the world economy and its developing information and communications infrastructure, Turkey has seen the cyber space assume a prominent position in the daily life of Turkish state organizations, businesses and citizens. As of December 2012, the Internet penetration rate is estimated at 46%  and 20% of Turkey’s population own a smartphone, while the number of mobile Internet users has more than doubled between 2011 and 2012 in the country .

Consequently, Turkey enjoys greater interconnections with the rest of the globe; allowing the country to be part of the borderless world of digital communications. The nation is regarded highly by foreign investors, both as a stable country and as an attractive market. Moreover, Turkey is becoming more and more active on the regional and international geopolitical scene and has become a major political partner in Central Asia, Gulf Countries, South-South East Asia,the Middle East Region. However, this increasing influence on the global arena has created two parallel realities for the nation, i.e. being an attractive place for investment while also being seen as an economic competitor and political challenger, subjected to state-endorsed espionage. To combat such threats, Thales, a world leader in Defence and Security, has developed high grade network encryption solutions to protect state and corporate information up to the highest classification level.